On Nov. 3, the Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance submitted comments in support of the Department of Labor’s proposed independent contractor rule that would rescind the prior Administration’s rule that made it easier to classify employees in the construction industry and across the economy as independent contractors. The proposed rule replaces this regulation with a well-understood standard ground in 60 years of judicial precedents that SWACCA urged the Labor Department to adopt because it is easier to apply and will make it harder for employers to claim their workers are independent contractors.
Event focused on workforce equity, expanding accessibility for underserved workers
October 22, 2022
U.S. Department of Labor officials gathered with workers, union representatives and labor organizers from a range of industries to discuss the value of building relationships and collaborating on ideas to address workers’ concerns at its Workers’ Voice Summit on Sept. 27-29.
The Department of Labor published a final rule on Sept. 26 to rescind Trump-era Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs that marks the end of a four-year fight by SWACCA’s public policy team in Washington, D.C. This final rule will be effective on Nov. 25.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Department of Labor issued new guidelines for categorizing independent contractors and employees per the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed rule is an overhaul of the existing guidelines and is similar to the rule adopted during the Obama administration.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced the launch of a new online platform, referred to as the Notification of Construction Contract Award Portal, to modernize how the OFCCP received required notices about construction contract and subcontract awards.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $50 million in Apprenticeship Building America grant funding for registered apprenticeship hubs. Registered apprenticeship hubs help employers design, develop and deliver programs and support the establishment, scaling and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in new and fast-growing industries and occupations.
The Department of Labor announced it will hold Safe + Sound Week 2022 from Aug. 15-21. Safe + Sound Week provides an opportunity to highlight employer efforts to integrate and improve their safety and heath management systems.